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Product Details

  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Post Mortem Press (February 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615603815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615603810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,191,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here's an excerpt from "Mixed Messages."
She couldn't breathe. He was twisting the cord around her neck, choking her, and he was pulling it tighter and tighter. She tried to swallow and her mouth filled with a bitter, metallic liquid: blood, her blood. She gasped for air and clawed at the cord that was strangling her. She tried to kick him but she couldn't move her legs. Her head throbbed with an almost unbearable pain and she felt light-headed.
She fought as hard as she could to stay conscious but she knew that her strength was almost gone. She squeezed her eyes shut and saw white lines that looked like flashes of lightning zigzagging back and forth, on and off. She gritted her teeth in pain. Death was closing in on her; she knew it. Was this it? Was this how her life was going to end? Please God, no, she silently prayed. Please God, help me!

About the Author

Patricia Gligor lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling, especially to the ocean to see lighthouses. She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department for a local retail chain but her passion has always been writing fiction. Mixed Messages is the first novel in her Malone Mystery Series. Visit her website at http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com

More About the Author

Patricia Gligor lives in Cincinnati, Ohio. She enjoys reading mystery/suspense novels, touring and photographing old houses and traveling.

She has worked as an administrative assistant, the sole proprietor of a resume writing service and the manager of a sporting goods department but her passion has always been writing fiction.

Ms. Gligor writes the Malone Mystery Series. "Mixed Messages," "Unfinished Business" and the newest release, "Desperate Deeds," were published by Post Mortem Press and are available at amazon.com, B&N and postmortem-press.com in paper and Kindle formats.

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The characters were very well developed.
Kelly
Really didn't know what happened until the end of the book.
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I'm not sure I like any of the characters.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. McGraw on May 7, 2012
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Mixed Messages by Patricia Gligor held my attention from beginning to end.

Ann Kern is having major marital problems, and she doesn't feel like there's anyone she can turn to. Her husband is drinking heavily, disappearing for hours at a time, and his attitude toward her has changed. Her once loving husband is cold and distant, and he can be cruel at times. Ann takes a job at the local church in the hopes that the extra income might help alleviate the problems.

In the meantime, it's Halloween week and there's a serial killer at large. After receiving ominous and anonymous notes, she discovers a makeshift tombstone with her name on it. Between neighbors, her husband and the priest at the church where she works, Ann doesn't lack for suspects.

One of the things I particularly liked about this book is that the author really gave you insight into the characters involved in the story. I felt like I knew them by the time I finished the story. Ms. Gligor really involves the reader as the events unfold.

I highly recommend this book to people who enjoy mysteries and those who like good character studies, and to anyone who simply enjoys a good book. I'll be watching for more from Patricia Gligor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John R. Lindermuth VINE VOICE on June 24, 2012
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Ann Kern's life is in turmoil. Her husband is drinking, acting erratically and staying out late. On top of that there's the stress of caring for two active children, dealing with an obnoxious mother-in-law and beginning a new job with an employer who holds a grudge against her family.

Her life is in turmoil. And it's about to get worse.

There's a serial killer stalking the neighborhood and Ann is getting odd messages that make her suspect she could be targeted as his next victim.

Ann's imagination gives her plenty of suspects, including her husband, a neighbor and even the priest for whom she works. Every one of them has been giving her mixed messages. Her nervousness and suspicion increase in Halloween week when she discovers a homemade tombstone bearing her name in the cemetery.

In this, her first novel, Patricia Gligor has crafted a group of memorable characters, a tense plot and a satisfying conclusion for all the various threads.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 25, 2012
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Fantastic debut by this author! Great character development, smooth read and wonderful references to area and times. As a former resident of Cincinnati, it was a welcome visit back to the neighborhood entwined in a great mystery, well done!
Keep them coming!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorothy on June 17, 2013
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This book was not quite what I thought it would be. I expected more in the line of a mystery novel. What I got was actually so much better. I got a true to life story filled with what could be, and often are, real life happenings. Although this book is a work of fiction, I did not get fiction when I read it. I got a story of a married couple who have some serious ups and downs and are, after much work and struggle, succesful in getting past them and strengthening their marriage. This book, despite some negative life events and drama in it, will leave you with such a great feeling when you finish it.

So many married people today, when the going gets rough, just divorce without trying seriously to work to fix the problems. Any wonder why divorces, or just plain not getting married and opting to live together, are higher now than ever before? Not to me.

This story is very well written. Despite many of the characters thinking about their past when they were younger and the problems they had, you can still follow the story easily. The looks to the past give you a much better understanding of their present day persons and what made them that way.

Our main character is Ann Kearn. She is a good mother to their two children, and a good wife. Her husband David started out to be a good spouse and father. He never lost his temper and was always loving. Then, something happened along the way and he started drinking heavily. He had become an alcoholic. He lost his temper in the snap of a finger.

I will not write too much more about this story as I think each of us will relate to it differently. But, relate to it you all will no matter who you are.

Do I recommend this book? Absolutely I do. I recommend it to mature teens and on up. There are lessons to be learned in this book, and you must read it so you can learn them.

Enjoy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By brian dobbins on July 3, 2012
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Sometimes it's fun to just pick up a good old style murder mystery and try to guess whodunit. Reading Patricia Gligor's "Mixed Messages" was one of those times. The book is set in Cincinnati and (either intentionally or unintentionally) is reminiscent to some long time residents (like me) of an actual serial killer in that city's past. But the plot quickly spins far beyond that single similarity.

"Mixed Messages" takes the reader deep into the deceptively chaotic world of devoted but unfulfilled housewife Ann Kern, her alcoholic husband, his manipulating mother and her unusual yet believable neighbors. There are other characters as well, from a priest with a past to a psychic with a player boyfriend, all connected to Ann by intricate threads of time, thought and action that soon intertwine in knots of plausible intrigue. The reader is soon reconsidering "whodunit" at every turn in a winding road.

Gligor spends what first seems like an inordinate amount of the story clawing deep into each character's past, but the reason for this becomes obvious as the story continues. Each character is so fully developed, so securely bound to Ann and her ever-tightening life, that any one of them could conceivably have both the motive and the opportunities to commit the horrible crimes surrounding her. The result is an entertainingly engrossing guessing game that will keep the reader on high alert until the very end.

If you're still searching for worthwhile summer reads, this could be the book for you. Give it a try.
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